Tips for using the internet

The school’s computers are linked to the internet. Sites are checked for suitability and the network does have a system in place to vet site content. We also ensure that all access to the net is supervised. 

If you are unhappy about your child having access to the web in school please let us know.

As part of the ICT curriculum, the children and staff will be posting items on the school website, including photographs. No child will be individually identified on the photographs.

The internet is a part of modern life, and the children have to learn how to use it sensibly.  As part of our ICT curriculum they will also learn about e-safety. 

Ten Tips for using the Internet

Keep the computer in a common room in the house and position the monitor so it’s available for public viewing.

Establish rules for using the Internet and teach your children important safety guidelines.

Understand social networking. Teach your kids that people online are not always who they say they are. Popular social networking sites are a favourite hunting ground for predators. Teach your children how to use the privacy settings and to keep identifying information off their blogs.

Tell your children to keep their personal information protected. Children should never give their real name, address, phone number, the name of their school or a picture of themselves to anyone they meet online. NEVER let your children meet in person with anyone they’ve met on the Internet.

Protect your children’s passwords and create generic names. Make sure your kids don’t have screen names or aliases that reveal their personal information, including their full name, age, gender, etc.

Frequently check your computer’s Internet history and monitor your children’s email account. Let them know you’re checking these, why you’re doing it, and talk abut potential online danger.

Spend time with your children online. Have them show you their favourite sites.

Teach your children cyber ethics. For example,hacking into someone’s computer is just as wrong as breaking into someone else’s home. You set rules, boundaries, and codes of acceptable behavior in the real world; do the same for the virtual world.

Be computer savvy. Use antivirus, antispyware, and a firewall, and keep them current, but don’t rely on them as your only line of defense. For an easy, step-by-step tech tutorial for parents, go to www.ikeepsafe.org/iksc_partners/symantec.

Teach your children to tell a parent, teacher or trusted adult if they feel uncomfortable about anything they’ve seen on a computer. For more tips from the National Cyber Security Alliance, go online to www.staysafeonline.org.

One thought on “Tips for using the internet

  1. And ensure that Google’s preferences, the little link to the right ‘Preferences.’ Is checked for SafeSearch Filtering. #Use strict filtering (Filter both explicit text and explicit images).’

    Then, using Google is fine. But without this check expect Google to throw up all sorts of things.

    Steve

    Systems Admin

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